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THE M CALL F. W. KELLOGG, President and Publisher JOHN D. SPRECKELS, Vice President and Treasurer Quackery Must Stop in the State of California Board of Medical Examiners Start War on Illegal Prac titioners and Will Drive Them Out Quack doctors will have to go from California. These pests, which are worse themselves than the plague, are being prosecuted now by the state board of medical examiners and Louis H. Ward, attorney for the board, and undoubtedly a group of them will be sent to jail and the others will be driven into states that are less fastidious in the matter of their medical practitioners. The Call is earnestly behind the state authorities in their war on this evil crew. From its first appearance as an evening news paper The Call has erected a barrier in the face of these men by refusing their advertisements. And whenever an objectionable advertisement, inserted by subterfuge and false pretense, has found its way into our columns the advertisement has been thrown out as soon as its character has been revealed. Since its entrance into the evening field The Call has sought the aid of its readers in its campaign for clean advertising. We have announced every day on the classified advertisement pages that The Call would be grateful to any reader who would notify the management of any intrusion into its columns by quack or faker, who, in a guise of re spectability, might escape the vigilance of The Call's advertising department. The method of these quacks is well known. They prey upon the ignorant and the shamed. They exploit the poor and the inex perienced. These doctors practice a form of extortion, blackmail and grand larceny by trick and device. Among their victims are the ignorant, who are attracted by the impossible promises of the quacks and who are robbed and ruined by the men who mas querade under the name of physicians. It is part of the system of these men to aggravate a patient's disorders with the sole motive of robbery. Can any one oppose the fight which the state board of medical examiners is making to rid California of these dangerous banditti, who give their patients, not the alternate of "money or your life," but always insist on money and oftentimes, too, take life? The Call stands ready to support the state medical board to the utmost of its ability in the war on quackery. Too Many Dogs in the Manger Opposition to San Francisco's Rights to Water Is All of One Type—the Senate Will See That The "nature lovers" have gone into winter quarters at Wash ington,-and with the aid of Sierra club stationery, which does not belong to them, are preparing to keep pure water out of San Francisco for another twenty years. Senator Works of California is graciously furnishing his office as a conning tower for the mili tant admirers of lakeless valleys and all is ready for the big lobby in the United States senate. The incident of Sierra club stationery is important. The Society for the Preservation of National Parks is sending out lit erature to members of the Sierra club inclosed in envelopes of the Sierra club, which is not as an organization opposing San Fran cisco's right. At a matter of fact, while some members of the Sierra club have taken the field against San Francisco in declaring that the Hetch Hetchy valley should not be given over to San Francisco as a reservoir site, the club itself has been able to find recreation away from the Hetch Hetchy. having made several recent pilgrimages to the Kings river canyon, and no trip, in a number of years, to the cherished Hetch Hetchy. Does the club consider that the Hetch Hetchy valley is so sacred that it must not be disturbed by human feet? Of course, it believes nothing of the kind. The best of the membership of that splendid organization is behind San Francisco in its fight for Hetch Hetchy, knowing, not only that San Fran cisco has a moral and legal right to the reservoir site, but realizing that San Francisco would add to the beauty of the spot by the creation of a lake where now there is a swamp infested with mos quitoes and well night inaccessible. But the use of Sierra club envelopes—who furnished the stamps?—in spreading "nature loving" literature is a wicked trick —wicked because any act is wicked which is deceitful or which is calculated to rob a community of what belongs to it by legal and moral right. San Francisco has no fear that the United States senate will oppose its application for the use of the land which already belongs to San Francisco. Senator Works may rally a few to his side on the invalid rep resentation that irrigationists need the water. What irrigationists do? Can Senator Works be specific and show that any but a group of promoters are opposing the city's claim? A certain pro moter, it appeared in the recent senate committee hearing, wants to organize a company to use the flood waters of the Tuolumne watershed if San Francisco is not given its prior right. But there is raised this question: Would the promoter be able to do the necessary work to save the storm waters for his project? Could his visionary district support the improvements that would be necessary to undertake? Should the valid rights of a million people, the valid rights of San Francisco, be set aside because a promoter has a vision? There is too much dog in the manger in this Hetch Hetchy opposition. There are the nature lovers who never go to Hetch Hetchy and who want also to keep San Francisco out of the valley; there are men representing rival water sites, who could not supply San Francisco and who do not want any other site to supply the city, and there are the promoters, who very probably can not use the Hetch Hetchy water and yet do not want San Francisco to use it. 100,000 Drumsticks Today You have eaten a California turkey today. That means you have eaten a fresh turkey, not one transported in cold storage half way across the continent, but a bird brought either alive or fresh killed from the San Joaquin or Sacramento valleys or the foothills of the Coast range into the city to be laid brown and crisp and surrounded by a delectable equipment of cranberry sauce and mince pie on the family table. Four hundred tons of turkeys will be placed on San Francisco tables today. More than 50,000 turkeys have offered their wishbones up in sacrifice that San Fran cisco may eat. One hundred thousand drumsticks, 100,000 wings, 300,000 slices of the light meat and many more of the dark have been disposed of; 50,000 necks left for the cold table tomorrow noon. Furthermore, the turkeys were not put on at a prohibitive price, but sold for from 25 cents a pound upward. Why California should have had to import turkeys from other states is a mystery. Texas has the distinction of being the great turkey producing state of the union and the communities there hold turkey processions and other festivals in honor of the Thanks giving bird. The native habitat of the domestic turkey is Mexico, where the bird was discovered by Cortez and by him introduced :rtto Europe and later into the American colonies. There the Mex ican fowl was mated with the wild turkey of the Atlantic seaboard region. The juxtaposition of Texas and Mexico explains, of course, the success with which turkeys are bred in the Lone Star state. But California, with its diversity of climate, should be able to compete with any region in raising the bird. California must not let go in any department of farming, least of all in poultry raising. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL Evening Calls So the Slingsby case is slung by the grand jury. Thomas Lipton has now reached the fourth leaf of his shamrock. A municipal egg plant is recommended. But do we need it now that there is no municipal theater in sight? If another siege of Paris should occur automobile tires would be found to be a poor substitute for horse flesh. We might overlook Governor Blease's wholesale pardoning of con victs if his other acts weren't so unpardonable. Another proof is given of the deadly effectiveness of a revolver as a protection against burglars. As usual, the burglar escaped and the in nocent person was hit. ' * # * The ministers are going to put the lid on Chicago. When they've j done that they'll be prepared for a real job, like lidding Los Angeles' I suburbs. * * » Three hundred motor speeders were arrested by the police in four j months and 22 were convicted. Looks like the traffic cops are more in terested in the safety of pedestrians than the police judges are. * * * Albania won't be satisfied with a mere prince as its ruler. It wants i a king. Well, America is prepared to furnish the country with any kind of I a king wanted, from the "King of Pickpockets" to the Copper King." A BIG ONE THIS YEAR AND SO IT GOES Footnotes of Humor A Scotchman had the misfortune to get arrested and sentenced. He was given a bucket of water, a brush and a cake of soap and told to wash his cell. Some time later the warder came in and saw the prisoner giving him self a thorough scouring. "Here!" he cried, "what are you do ing? Didn't I tell you to wash your cell?" "Aye, an' am I no' washin" masel*?" asked the surprised offender. * * # "I don't want to appear boastful," said the artist, "but the beauty of my pictures renders people absolutely speechless." "Hooray!" exclaimed the weary looking visitor, "I must bring my wife to see them." * # * An Englishman and an Irishman made a bet as to which could swim the longest. On the day of the, race the Irishman came to the shore in a bathing suit, and a large satchel on his back. The Englishman asked what he had in the bag. "Provisions for three days,"' coolly answered Pat. "The bet's off," said te Englishman, as he handed Pat the money. A few days later he heard that Paddy couldn't swim a stroke. » » * The principal grocer of a small country town was chatting with sev eral customers when a discussion arose as to the wonderful sense of touch the blind have. "Here comes old blind Henry Per kins now," said the grocer. "Well test him." He took a scoopful of sugar arid ex tended it to the old man. "Feel this, Henry," ho said, "and tell us what it is." The blind man put his hand in the scoop, passed its contents through his fingers and said in a firm, confident tone, "Sand." NOVEMBER 27, 1913 PLAN WORLD HIGHWAYS-IN <0> THE AIR ♦ GARRETT P. SERVISS SAYS: Enthusiastic Aviators Are Talk ing of the Establishment of Great World Roads Through the Air—lt Is the Boldest Ex periment in Aerial Navigation That Has Yet Been Faced, a Really Great Enterprise That Must Command the Admira tion of the Whole World." GARRETT P. SERVISS THE first great world roads were on the land, and they made rich and powerful such cities as Palmyra, Damas cus, Cairo, Bagdad, Samarcand, situated at the beginning or the end, or at important intersec tions, of long and difficult routes over vast deserts and tangled mountains. Then came the great sea routes, first on the Mediterranean, and then round the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and event ually across the oceans, which made, in succession, the fortunes of Alexandria, Tyre, Carthage, Venice. Antwerp, London, New York, San Francisco. Now ienthusiastic aviators are talking of the establishment of great world roads in the air, and it remains for the future to de cide whether they, in their turn, will lay the foundations of com mercial capitals as yet un dreamed of. The atmosphere, too, has its natural routes, de termined partly by the lay of the land, partly by the existence of great centers of population, part ly by the inaccessibility of points otherwise desirable for the de velopment of human industry, and partly by the peculiarities of winds and air currents. Three such routes through the air are being considered for ex ploration by French aviators. One Will Run Across the Sahara Desert to Timbuctoo One of them lies across the des ert of Sahara, from Algeria, southward, to Timbuctoo and the River Niger. Three years ago French military authorities sent squadrons of aeroplanes to Biskra and Dakar with orders to attack the great desert. Ex plorations were made, but noth ing of serious importance was accomplished because, as is now alleged, there was not sufficient initiative shown by those in charge of the work. Take the airships to Colomb-Bechar, says an experienced aviator, and the problem will be solved, and the transit of the desert, which now requires four months by cara van, will be made easily in two days. Next year it is expected this will be done under the lead of M, Etienne. Within a few months past two other great air routes have been proposed, and preparations are now xinder way to attempt their opening. One of these goes from Paris to Cairo, and the other from Paris to Bagdad. The first, as laid out, passes across Europe to Constantinople, thence to Konia in Asia Minor, then to Aleppo, Jerusalem, Gaza, Port Said and Cairo. The stopr ping points and places for re victualment have all been marked out. M. Daucourt, accompanied by M. Roux as passenger, are to attempt this passage as soon BYRON WILLIAM F. KIRK READING Harold's Pilgrimage, Reading truth on every page, Truth and beauty wild, divine, Low I bow at Byron's shrine. I can see a troubled soul Grimly groping for its goal, Looking to the stars above From a world he did not love; Sneering in the shadows dim At the world that loved not him. How he flayed the rich and mean Groveling 'neath him like a worm! With his satire razor-keen! How he made the pompous squirm. Yet his lines at gentler times Tinkled like a cherub's chimes, Rising o'er his wish to blast With a beauty unsurpassed. Never knowing joy or peace Till the summons came in Greece, What a soul of scornful pride Bounded free when Byron died! THE DIFFERENCE hs CONSTANCE CLARKE ONE time I thought that I would be content With passiveness, nor dared I hope for more; For all my hopes were on my own love bent. What mattered yours?—that was before. Time was when in the dust before your feet I flung my heart with all its dreams laid bare. I thought my love sufficient then —but, sweet, That was before—for now, I care. as their preparations can be completed. Part of their sup plies have already gone forward to Smyrna and Beyrout. The stages of the second route, also starting from Paris, are Constantinople, Aleppo, Mes kine-Ed. east of Palestine, Deir. Aneh, Hit, Felloudja, Bagdad- Bassora. The difficulties of both these routes are foreseen. As one writer puts it. "The way from Belgrade to Constantinople is a hard one." But there is worse ahead. Arrived in Asia Minor the aviators will have to conduct their machines over the Tauras mountains, which attain an ele vation of 13,000 feet. The Boldest Experiment Aerial Navigation Has Faced In this region no aid can be expected. The explorers will have to depend upon their own resources and the excellence of their apparatus. It is the bold est experiment in aerial naviga tion that has yet been faced, a really grand enterprise which must command the admiration and best wishes of the whole world! It is as good as reading the "Arabian Nights" to think about it! Imagine the speechless amazement of the inhabitants of the valley of the Euphrates at seeing a great mechanical bird, carrying two men. and guided by them, coming out of the won derful west, soaring across the vast plains where the patriarch Abraham plodded over the sand* on his long, weary journey to the future land of Israel, circling above the site of the tower of Babel, and coming down, at length, in Bagdad, where Ha roun-al-Raschid, with his vizier, used to wander about the dark streets at night to spy out what his turbaned subjects were about. Already, before these routes of the air have been established, the achievements of men turned bird have so far distanced the wildest tales of the old Arabian story tellers that the imagina tion must let out another link in order to keep apace with them. Magicians of Science Have Beaten Those of Romance The prince who turned a peg in the neck of his wooden horse and flew away with his princess from China to Africa no longer interests us as he once did. His story has become too common place; he was only an imaginary aviator, and now we have real ones. The magicians of science have beaten the magicians of romance, and the latter will have to go out of business unless they can find dreams that are less easily turned into actualities than their old ones have been.